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SUPERMAN RETURNS

 
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At Theaters: 6/28/2006 On Video: 11/28/2006
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469957
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
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Action Adventure Sci-Fi - Like the first two Superman films, this is an effects-laden adventure that is fairly faithful and respectful to the comic book. Those looking for something a bit more radical won't find it here, and those looking for big time action won't find it here either. Fans of those first two films, however, should enjoy.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Brandon Routh Major Motion Picture Debut
Kate Bosworth BEYOND THE SEA, WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON
James Marsden X-MEN 2, SUGAR AND SPICE, X-MEN, GOSSIP
Frank Langella THE NINTH GATE
Director: Bryan Singer X-MEN 2, X-MEN, APT PUPIL
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The Phenomenon And The Filmmaker
The Story And The Players
About The Production
The Physics Of Flight And The Genesis Camera
An IMAX 3D Experience
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PROFANITY: 8 miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights, shootings, hits largely without blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Destruction, including a big plane accident; some fighting.
COMEDY: Snarky wisecracks and some dark humor.
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good Superman Returns is near the top - if not at the top - of the superhero movie pile. It offers nearly everything: romance, action, humor, and plenty of goose bumps. For Superman, many happy returns.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average This is a glum, lackluster movie in which even the big effects sequences seem dutiful instead of exhilarating.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 135 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
14
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
20
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
19
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
Very High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
9
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
24
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
32
Very High
97%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 135 moviegoers:These are GREAT OPINIONS! Another hit for the "Superman" franchise. I highly recommend taking the whole family to see "Superman Returns."


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"Even though you've been raised as a human being you're not one of them. They can be a great people, Kal-El. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all – their capacity for good – I have sent them you... my only son.” – Jor-El Superman – born on a planet which has long since died – has been raised by adoptive parents on the Kent farm in Kansas. The young boy Kal-El is renamed Clark Kent, and though he has grown up among humans, he is not one of them. Under Earth's yellow sun, he can do things humans can only dream of, but to co-exist with them he must live a dual life as mild, unassuming Clark Kent, secretly transforming into the Man of Steel when the world cries out for him.

But now, the world's crises have gone unheeded for five long years since Superman's mysterious disappearance. Without him, crime has risen in the city of Metropolis and beyond; that's not even counting the future destructive acts of Lex Luthor, who has been sprung from prison with the specific intent of using Superman's technological secrets for his own personal gain and glory.

Lois Lane, star reporter for the Daily Planet and the love of Superman's life, has moved on since Superman left without a word. She has even won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay, "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman.” Lois has other issues to contend with – she is now engaged to the editor's nephew and has a young son to look after.

But for Superman, the long search for his place in the universe ends back at the Kent farm, among the only family he has ever known. His destiny lies in Metropolis, where one look in Lois's eyes tells him that this place, among the flawed but ultimately good people of Earth, is his true home.

And with Lex's plan coming to fruition mere hours after his return, the world will never need Superman more than it does now.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved Super Heroes, directed by Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men, The Usual Suspects). An extraordinary new vision that showcases groundbreaking visual effects technology, Superman Returns tells an intimate story of one man's unattainable love and struggle to belong against a backdrop of vast scope and scale, set in a modern-day Metropolis.

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